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International Small Hands Academy


Small Hands Academy

At Small Hands Academy we strive to provide our children with a wonderful experience. Our children are our number one priority! We aim to establish a partnership with our parents, and commit to working closely in order for our children’s education to be most effective.

Since 1996 Small Hands Academy has offered children from ages two to six years-old, a warm and homely nursery. We assist and encouraging our children to develop skills which will contribute to their personal, social, emotional and intellectual growth. We provide an introduction to the world and access to a bright future.

At Small Hands, we encourage our children to develop self-confidence and independence by giving them the opportunity to express themselves on a daily basis. We promote human values and equal opportunities, encouraging our children to request and express their needs.

Our Small Hands campuses are located on both continents. Two campuses are on the European side and the other campuses are located on the Asian side. In addition, our Small Hands Academy’s continuous school, Ütopya Primary School has a kindergarten school. All of our campuses offer a secure and spacious garden so our children can explore and engage with other children. Our campuses offer English, Turkish, German, French and Japanese. We also have full time and part time options available.

We welcome all comments and suggestions as we believe together we can make a difference for a better tomorrow!

2 Continents | 4 Schools | 6 Languages


“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”

Benjamin Franklin


EYFS Early Years Foundation Stage

The Small Hands Early Childhood Education Curriculum is a broadly balanced one which covers the following areas of learning and development:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication, Language and Literacy including Functional Language
  • Problem Solving Reasoning and Numeracy
  • Knowledge and Understanding of the World
  • Physical Development
  • Creative Development
  • Science
  • Nature

We believe that children have the right to be given appropriate opportunities to be children and to learn through meaningful experiences using all of their senses.

At Small Hands, we give our children the opportunity to enjoy our outdoor garden. Physical activity is an important factor in their early childhood years. During their outside play, children learn about their surroundings, the world, and it effects every play aspect of a child's development (physical, social, emotional, cognitive and language development). This approach is based on the idea that children are unique and learn best by experimenting, exploring and creating.

Additional Language Learning Curriculum

We use an Immersion Programme for English, Turkish, German and French Language Learning with native speaking teachers, and we strongly believe that children can learn languages with an immersion programme.

The Immersion Language Programme for all languages is designed to build on children's experiences of language in the wider community, so that their developing use of English and other languages support one another as well as their home language development too.

We understand that learning two or even three languages supports cognitive development as well as all other skills, such as having an open mind, being tolerant, acceptance of each other and having a multicultural perspective.

“Free the child's potential, and you will transform him into the world.”

Maria Montessori


A typical day at Small Hands is as follows:

Arrival of The Children 9:00 am - 9:30 am
Free Play in the Garden
Circle Time 9:30am - 10:00 am
Songs (action, numbers, topic related, fun songs,) finger games, story time, talking about daily themes, open discussion on specific topics, weather and feelings.

Snack Time 10:00 am - 10:15 am

Free Play 10:20 am - 10:50 am (2-4 year olds)
Free Play 11:15 am - 11:45 am (4-6 year olds)

Activity Time
11:00 am - 12 pm (2-4 years old)
10:20 am - 11:15 am (4-6 years old)
Children work with the teacher in small groups doing theme/topic oriented activities to cover the curriculum. Activities include Communication and Language, Literacy, Understanding the World, Mathematics, Expressive Arts & Design, Physical Development and Personal Social & Emotional Development.

Lunch Time: 12:00 pm - 12:20 pm
Free Play in the Garden: 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
Morning Children’s Departure Time

Afternoon Programme Commences
Afternoon Circle Time 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Activity Time 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Activity Time: Language Immersion Programme
Listening, Understanding and Speaking Skills with Activities Including:
Bookworms (creating books, story boxes etc.) Cooking, Mathematical Activities, Drama and/or Role Play, Science and/or Create from Nature, Pre-Literacy Activities and Rhythm and Dance

Snack Time 2:30 pm - 3:00pm
Garden Time 3:00 pm - 3:25 pm
Children’s Departure Time 3:30 pm

“I do not seek. I find.”

Pablo Picasso


Rumelihisarı Branch (Europe)

0212 • 287 15 68
Kaleağası Sokak No:8 Rumelihisarı | Istanbul

Etiler Branch (Europe)

0212 • 287 47 85
Yıldız Çiçeği Sokak No:31 Etiler | Istanbul

Selamiçeşme Branch (Asia)

0216 • 411 91 21
Hacı Mehmet Efendi Sokak No:11/1 Selamiçeşme | Istanbul

Çekmeköy Branch (Asia)

0216 • 642 64 20 Ext.13
Durmuşoğlu Cad. Candan Sokak No:15 Çekmeköy | Istanbul